Dr Sima Barmania is a medical doctor from London with an Intercalated degree in Community health science and a Master’s in Public Health from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has branched out of clinical medicine to focus on her passion for global health and currently is undertaking a PhD.
We are sitting around watching the Syrian crisis, while evil is allowed to flourish. Dr. Sima Barmania tells us why this is unacceptable, and has a conversation with one of Assad’s old teachers, Dr. Mousa Al Kurdi.
It is hard to fathom that a society could exist whereby one population can expect to live into their eighties, whilst another population would expect to live only till their forties.
It is this shameful and disturbing reality which authors of ‘The Grandest Challenge- Taking life saving science from lab to village’, Canadian doctors Dr Abdallah Daar and Dr Peter Singer refuse to accept.
In medicine, we can spend such a vast proportion of time perceiving those with illnesses as patients, or as statistical numbers that we fail to regard them as individuals. This is particular pertinent to people living with HIV, which are in excess of 30 million; It is such a colossal number it can be hard to comprehend. Despite the wealth of research into prevention and treatment of HIV which has made an undeniable impact on survival of populations, the experience of the individual unwittingly can be overlooked.
30 years have passed since the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) published its first reported case of AIDS. Since then over 25 million people have died from AIDS and an estimated 33.3 million are living with HIV today.
Today marks the much anticipated advent of the new era of a population of seven billion, the estimated day when seven billion people will inhabit the Earth, according to the United Nations Population Fund who have just published their latest report- State of the World population 2011- ‘people and possibilities in a world of seven billion’.